Envy of None — „Envy of None“ (April 8, 2022)

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↵  ENVY OF NONE JE NOVÁ KAPELA A DEBUTOVÉ ALBUM ALEX LIFESON (RUSH), ANDY CURRAN (CONEY HATCH), ALFIO ANNIBALINI a zpěvačka MAIAH WYNNE. 
↵  Nedávno Alex Lifeson prohlásil: „Někdy v blízké budoucnosti bych rád prodal svou sbírku.“ Ovšem hopa! Je charitativní prodej století kytaristy Rush na cestě? Alex Lifeson je jedním z největších kytarových velikánů všech dob, takže myšlenka člena Rush, který prodává klíčové kytary ze své kariéry ve prospěch charity, podobně jako tomu bylo u Davida Gilmoura a Erica Claptona před ním, je přinejmenším vzrušující. No, vypadá to, že by se to mohlo stát — a dostali jsme zprávu přímo z úst Alexe Lifesona. Více o tom pomocí tagu (viz níže pod názvem musicradar).
↵  Ambientní, filmová temnota, kterou kolektiv vytváří, evokuje silnou atmosféru, (ta superfanoušky i nové publikum nadchne). Dlouholeté přátelství Lifesona a Currana bylo katalyzátorem zrodu kapely — ale Envy Of None není definována životopisy jejích členů — nejsou to Rush nebo Coney Hatch a mnohem víc než součet jejich společných částí.
↵  „Snad si dokážete představit Massive Attack s trochou elektronických věcí s vlivy Nine Inch Nails s tímto krásným, křehkým, sladkým hlasem a poněkud velmi temným heavy soundem.“ — Andy Curran (Envy Of None)
↵  „Maiah se stala mou múzou,“ pokračuje Alex Lifeson. „Dokázala přinést zcela novou éterickou věc prostřednictvím svého smyslu pro melodii ve skladbách jako Liar a Look Inside. Poté, co jsem slyšel její vokály v Never Said I Love You, byl jsem  nadšen. Nikdy jsem neměl takovou inspiraci při práci s jiným hudebníkem. Když říkáme, že je výjimečná, je to proto, že je opravdu zatraceně výjimečná!“ „Jednou z mých oblíbených věcí na těchto písních je jejich intimita,“ prozrazuje Maiah Wynne. „Vnímáte, že jsou díky tomu jiné a upřímnější. Jsou tam i některé těžší písně, jako Enemy, a pak skladby jako Kabul Blues, ty znějí úplně jinak než cokoli jiného.“
Birth name: Aleksandar Živojinović
Born: Aug. 27, 1953, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Album release: April 8, 2022
Record Label: Kscope
Duration:     41:49
Tracks:
01. Never Said I Love You   4:06
02. Shadow   3:21
03. Look Inside   4:44
04. Liar   3:13 
05. Spy House   2:23
06. Dog’s Life   4:35
07. Kabul Blues   3:12
08. Old Strings   5:15
09. Dumb   4:19
10. Enemy   4:16
11. Western Sunset   2:25

Description:
↵  Creating an ambient, cinematic and dark sound, EON evokes a powerful atmosphere that will excite superfans and new audiences alike. 
↵  Lifeson and Curran’s longtime friendship was the catalyst for the bands inception — but Envy Of None is not defined by its members resumes — they aren’t Rush or Coney Hatch and far more than the sum of its collective parts.
↵  Above the beautiful cacophony of guitars, synths, bass and drums sits the fragile melodies of 24~year old vocalist Maiah Wynne — the newest name in Envy Of None’s impressive personnel. Hearing Mariah’s voice intertwined with the music will bring back memories of when you heard Shirley Manson of Garbage or Amy Lee of Evanescence for the first time. Wynne brings charm and beauty to these recordings in spades — with floating hooks and emotive lyrics transcending the oftentimes textural aesthetic.
↵  The Storm Thorgerson~esque visuals that grace the cover may remind fans of Lifeson’s earlier work — Andy Curran explains: “[the] Hipnosis style artwork of albums like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and others were so eye catching, surreal and attention grabbing and we wanted to scratch that itch. We were instantly drawn to Lebanese photographer Eli Rezkallah at Plastik’s photography and design work. We fell in love with a bunch of his work — we had a hard time choosing something because he had so many great images”. 
↵  However, the 1970s prog/Rush comparisons may end with the artwork — the music that this ensemble creates treads new ground with each track throughout its 42 minute debut, from industrial/electronic influences to post~progressive soundscapes. Envy Of None create a sound that will haunt, comfort and ignite.
↵  “Picture maybe Massive Attack with a little bit of some electronic stuff with Nine Inch Nails influences, with this beautiful, fragile, sweet voice and some very, very dark heavy sounds.” — Andy Curran (Envy Of None)Andy Curran of Coney Hatch ©Mark Yesford
Review
↵  Following Neil Peart’s death in January 2020, surviving Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson decided not to move on without their longtime drummer. They didn’t rule out working together in the future, but as far as new Rush music, the door was closed.
↵  It’s been a relatively quiet two years since then, with other projects — reissues, a pinball machine, craft beer — filling the spaces usually reserved for new music. Still, guitarist Lifeson found time to put together Envy of None, a band featuring Andy Curran (from 80s Canadian hard~rockers Coney Hatch), Alfio Annibalini and singer Maiah Wynne. But true to Lifeson’s suggestion, the group’s self~titled debut album sounds little like the arching prog~rock Rush played for more than four decades.
↵  The foundational elements of Envy of None are even different: pop~rock vs. prog, straightforward song structures vs. swerving flights of instrumental fancy, female vocalist vs. high~voiced male singer. That gives the project a sense of moving on for Lifeson, a restless artist who never wanted to be pigeonholed as a prog or hard~rock guitarist. But that also means Envy of None likely won’t connect with most fans of the Canadian power trio.
↵  The results are closer to the early 00s period when rock bands threw a little bit of everything at their music to see what sticks than any period of Rush, but there’s not much here that would excite the average Evanescence fan. Lifeson takes Envy of None on a series of side trips — from the radio~friendly “Never Said I Love You” to the brooding “Look Inside” — without ever landing at a destination. After decades of arena~rock expectations, you can’t blame him.
↵  The album is best at tweaking those top~of~the~century benchmarks for modern times: “Liar” swims through sludgy synth murk like a less~menacing Nine Inch Nails. “Old Strings,” Wynne’s most engaging performance, simmers over a digital landscape while never losing itself in dramatic overkill. In the closing “Western Sunset,” Lifeson finally gets around to his former group, honoring his late Rush bandmate with a reserved, mostly acoustic instrumental. — ultimateclassicrock.com
 https://ultimateclassicrock.com/envy-of-none-album-review/
By Rob Laing. Feb. 12, 2021:
 https://www.musicradar.com/news/alex-lifeson-on-his-guitars-what-id-like-to-do-sometime-in-the-near-future-is-to-sell-my-collection
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